The 1989 baseball movie Major League featured a half-dozen stars from the 1980s and '90s, and was quite a hit, although its two sequels were nothing to write home about. The Cleveland Indians owner sabotages the team in order to move it to Florida. The mediocre replacement players have to rise to the occasion, so you can see the ending coming a mile away. Those who remember Major League fondly will want to learn some trivia about it.
5. Charlie Sheen actually took steroids for this role.
He admitted this to Sports Illustrated and said that taking steroids was what allowed him to actually pitch an 85 mile an hour fastball.
4. The MLB salary minimum back then was a little over $60,000 a year.
This was double the average household income so it was a good paycheck for just being the minimum as Jake says it is.
A daily nap becomes ever more necessary as we get older, and yet they're also a bit of a gamble- nap for the right amount of time and your batteries are recharged, but sleep too long and you become a groggy mess.
So now you're probably wondering "how long is too long?", since nobody likes to wake up from a nap feeling groggy.
Well, according to this infographic the Wall Street Journal created a few years back the best naps are about twenty minutes or an hour and a half long, because half hour and hour long naps cause the most grogginess.
October 23rd is always Mole Day, but only the hours between 6:02 AM and 6:02 PM. According to the National Mole Day Foundation, it's a calendar holiday that celebrates Avogadro's Number (6.02 x 1023), a basic measuring unit in chemistry.
For a given molecule, one mole is a mass (in grams) whose number is equal to the molar mass of the molecule. For example, the water molecule has an molar mass of 18, therefore one mole of water weighs 18 grams. Similarly, a mole of neon has a molar mass of 20 grams. In general, one mole of any substance contains Avogadro's Number of molecules or atoms of that substance. This relationship was first discovered by Amadeo Avogadro (1776-1858) and he received credit for this after his death.
Ways to celebrate include learning about Avogadro and his experiments, measuring substances in chemistry class, telling mole jokes, and eating Mexican food: an entree with mole sauce and guacamole or something else made of avogadros. Me, I'm getting one of my mole-ars crowned.
If you want to discuss your Mole Day festivities, there's a Twitter account for the holiday.
The Count doesn't just count for fun or to pass the time- he has to count to live, because the numbers swirling around inside his head are driving him crazy- and if he doesn't keep counting them they turn into polynomials. Ironically the Count isn't all that good at math, he's just good at counting, so when people ask him to add something up for them or to calculate their tip at a restaurant the scary side of the Count comes out...
It all adds up- you plus this Numbers t-shirt by Trheewood equals fun!
Even though Deadpool and the Punisher typically fight for the same side in the Marvel Universe the two gun happy dispensers of vigilante justice have clashed over the years, most recently in the mini-series Deadpool Vs. The Punisher.
And while this epic mini-series event would make a great movie the folks who own the rights to Deadpool and the Punisher will most likely never let a DP vs. TP movie be made because money.
So instead of having one of your nerdy dreams come true please enjoy this fan made trailer for Marvel's The Punisher Vs. Deadpool by Stryder HD. (NSFW language)
These bathroom poltergeists remind us of Moaning Myrtle, the ghost who haunts the girls’ bathroom at Hogwarts in the Harry Potter book series. Are bathroom ghosts for real? Who knows— but they make for some great bathroom reading.
1. Haunted Bathroom: A first-floor restroom in the Galvez, a century-old historic beachfront hotel on Galveston Island in Texas.
Haunted By: A ghost wearing heavy boots.
Boo! The many ghosts that are said to haunt the Galvez are one of the hotel’s selling points. Guests book rooms in the hopes of seeing the “Ghost Bride” who hanged herself in one of the turrets on the roof; the little girl bouncing a ball in the lobby; and Sister Katherine, a nun who is said to have drowned in the 1900 hurricane and who may have been buried on the land where the hotel was later built. The ghost that haunts the restroom on the first floor near the music hall is one of the hotel’s creepier spirits, and he apparently likes to have the bathroom to himself. Once, when a guest popped into the restroom late at night after using the hot tubs, the lights suddenly went out and the woman could hear boot steps approaching her. Then the sound of loud breathing, and a man’s voice that ordered, “Get out!”
2. Haunted Bathroom: The women’s restroom in the White Lion pub, in the town of Yateley, in southern England.
Haunted By: A ghostly female figure wearing a white hood.
Dressing up your kitty this Halloween? Even if you're not, he or she might just need a little fun fashion accessory and Think Geek has you covered. It seems these elastic-secured hats are all the rage in Japan and now your little furball can be totally chic as well.
The hats are only $5.99 and come in a blind box so you don't know which design you'll get -but you could end up with a clownfish, Blue-Tang, squid, penguin, otter or a shark.
Before planning her own wedding, Meg Keene thought about the nice, classy wedding her parents had in 1974. They had the ceremony at a cathedral in San Francisco with 300 guests, followed by a reception at a posh club with a five-tier cake. How much would it cost to recreate that wedding? Keene's parents paid around $2,000, which would be almost $10,000 today due to inflation. Could Keene do a nice wedding like that for $10,000? The answer is no.
Total 1974 cost: $2,095 What it should cost in 2017 dollars: $10,068 What it actually costs in 2017: $47,286 Increase: 370%
You read that right. That is a 370% increase in what it would cost to throw my parents’ wedding. Why? It's kind of a chicken-and-egg thing. Sometime between 1974 and today, people realized that weddings weren't necessarily a side business. And now there's a whole industry around weddings. An industry that, as Rebecca Mead writes in One Perfect Day: The Selling of the American Wedding, has been “assiduous in working to establish the trappings of the lavish formal wedding as if they were compulsory rather than optional.” And wedding vendors aren’t out to get you; most are small business owners who are charging for the increase in time, attention, and ~perfection~ that couples and their parents have come to expect.
Granted, prices vary by area. Those in small towns can do it less expensively, of not as poshly. Keene also breaks down the cost of each component of the wedding: flowers, food, photography, wedding gown, cake, etc. Read about her project at Buzzfeed.
Yearly Halloween costume trends are nothing new, and as soon as Halloween went commercial every costume company began creating masks and costumes based on popular pop culture characters and celebrities.
By the 1960s Halloween had become a big business, with new costumes created yearly to match the current pop culture trends, and from then on it was almost guaranteed the most popular costume of each year would be inspired by pop culture.
In 1968 the kiddos were going crazy for Casper the Friendly Ghost, so Collegeville Costumes made their spooky dreams come true with this cheap costume every kid could afford.
During the 70s the girls were going gaga for Jan Brady, Princess Leia and Daisy Buchanan from The Great Gatsby, while the boys were punch drunk for Rocky Balboa, caught Saturday Night Fever and adored everything about Star Wars.
The Radical 80s were ruled by Madonna, Jem, Marty McFly and the Ghostbusters, who were the top costume of 1984 and are still one of the most popular Halloween costumes of all time because it's easy to DIY.
The 90s were ruled by the TMNT and Batman for boys, while girls were diggin' the Spice Girls, Catwoman and Morticia Addams, which was also a popular costume for girls in the 1960s thanks to this Ben Cooper costume.
Raccoon are clever, but are they as smart as a crow? The Aesop's Fable test is an intelligence test named after the story in which a crow adds pebbles to water he can't reach in order to bring the water level up to him. Researchers wondered if raccoons could learn the concept. They were given a cylinder too tall for them to reach the bottom. There were marshmallows floating on the water. The experimenter showed the raccoons how to add stones to bring the water level up so they could reach the treats. Two of the eight animals learned to do it that way, but the researchers learned that you shouldn't try to out-think a raccoon. One raccoon jumped on top of the cylinder and rocked it back and forth until it tipped over! In another experiment, the same raccoons were given the same task, but the pebbles were now balls, some that would float and some that didn't. Would the raccoons be able to tell which ones were more useful for water displacement?
The floating ball shouldn’t work, “unless you’re a raccoon, and can turn a non-functional object into a functional object,” says study co-author Sarah Benson-Amran, director of the Animal Behavior and Cognition Lab at the University of Wyoming.
The two raccoons that aced the other tasks excelled yet again, discovering that pushing up and down on the floating balls “would splash bits of marshmallow up the sides of the tubes,” says Stanton, whose study appeared in the November issue of the journal Animal Cognition.
One literally put his own spin on things, seeming to "spin the ball in place" and eating the marshmallow that collected on the ball, Stanton says.
The Tompkins Square Halloween Parade is where New Yorkers take their dressed-up dogs to show off their Halloween costumes! The annual event was more crowded than ever yesterday, with people being turned away at the park gates. Still, there were thousands of dogs, and Scott Lynch was there to capture portraits. See 69 of his best pictures of some really good dogs dressed as spooks, politicians, clergy, food, wild animals, and pop culture characters. Or even plants, like the Corgi here dressed as a chia pet! You'll find the gallery at Gothamist.
A female swan came down with a case of botulism. She was hospitalized by Dierenbescherming, an animal rescue group in Dordrecht, Netherlands. Three weeks later, the swan had recovered well enough to return to her mate in the canal. He was right there, waiting for her. It was a lovely reunion.
Swans usually mate for life. It would have taken longer than three weeks for either of them to give up hope. This is one of those love stories in which only the end is worth watching. -via Tastefully Offensive
Have you ever struggled to tell whether warm fluid in a bowl is soup or some other liquid dish? Perhaps you were wondering whether bisque is a soup or not, or whether a really runny stew qualifies as a soup?
Bisque is soup but classifying runny stew is totally up to you, and deciding whether something is soup or not will only ever come in handy when you play Something Something Soup Something, a free browser game by Italian philosopher and game designer Stefano Gualeni.
It takes place in a future where humans have mastered the science of teleportation. Instead of using it to eliminate scarcity or instantly transport Martin Shkreli to a distant black hole, they’ve taken to teleporting goods produced by underpaid aliens from distant planets. Goods like soup. Problem is, aliens don’t have the best grip on how human digestive systems work, and the concept of “soup” isn’t really a thing in their society. You play as a certified human Soup Technician, and it’s up to you to figure out which dishes they send over do and do not constitute soup.
Sesame Street brings us another parody, this time putting the Muppets into a scenario that will remind you of The Walking Dead. The style is there, but the zombies are bad cookies called crumbies, their prey is the good cookies (which is redundant), and the sheriff is Cookie Monster. That leads to some issues, as you might guess.
Nobody bullies a bully quite like a xenomorph, because they take bullies down from the inside out and hit 'em where it really hurts- in the guts! Nelson survived many drive-by ha-ha's and attempts on his life from people trying to get revenge on him for laughing at them, so he had begun to get cocky. And when he saw that alien with the phallic head shape he just had to point and laugh, an act which would prove to be his last hurrah...
Warn people about the dangers of laughing at aliens with this Bullyburster t-shirt by Boggs Nicolas, it's a darkly funny way to show some love for two of your favorite pop culture franchises at the same time!
The Vogue video series 73 Questions asks celebrities three more than seventy questions about "what they like, what they hate and, most importantly, what they know", all filmed in a single shot.
The series has proven to be far more insightful and fun to watch than expected, but they must have shot at least a few episodes that never made it online because they featured famous people acting all bats#%t crazy.
I imagine those cutting room floor episodes look something like Liza Koshy's parody video "73 Questions with Helga", only a bit less staged.
Have you ever done something so stupid that you didn't want anyone to know, but you had to ask for help anyway? This guy has to put up with laughter and humiliation to get his problem solved. The real punch line is that this comic was inspired by a real life story. But instead of one trusted geek, he was the target of hundreds of laughing geeks. At least he used a throwaway account for this one post. Maybe he imagined that those who laughed the hardest would one day face their own kind of embarrassing mistake. This is the latest comic from CommitStrip.
The infamous site 11foot8 monitors the underpass on Gregson Street in Durham, North Carolina (previously at Neatorama). Last weekend, another truck driver did not heed the sign warning of the 11 foot 8 inch clearance, nor the flashing lights. The railroad bridge acted like a can opener, slicing the top right off. In a lot of the crashes at this location, the driver doesn't even realize how high their truck is, but this guy ran the red light, too, so he may just be blind, or at least oblivious.
Talking Heads at the Keystone, Berkeley, CA, December 9, 1977. Photo Hugh Brown /Smithsonian Books
Listening to an album from bands like Blondie, Iggy and the Stooges or The Clash simply cannot compare to seeing them live, because these bands put on a stage show that's even more exciting than their music.
And while seeing a photograph of a band performing live still doesn't compare to the real deal you can throw on one of their records and stare at the photos and pretend you're actually there seeing them live.
Blondie at CBGB, New York City, 1976. Photo Roberta Bayley /Smithsonian Books
This is what I used to call the "living room venue" experience whenever I couldn't afford to go to a show, and before we all had smartphones in our pockets we could use to record the show this somehow lessened the heartbreak.
Iggy Pop at the Whisky a Go Go, West Hollywood, CA, July 1974. Photo James Fortune /Smithsonian Books
In December 2015, the Smithsonian Institution began an ambitious crowdsourced history of rock ’n’ roll photography, calling on music fans to contribute their amateur and pro photos, launching the web site rockandroll.si.edu as a one-stop for accepting and displaying shooters’ submissions.
The book is a pretty great cull of the best the collection had to offer, full of photos rarely or never seen by the public, chronologically arranged, and dating back to the dawn of the rock era. Some of them are real jaw-droppers, like the concert shot of Richie Valens taken hours before his death, Otis Redding drenched in sweat at the Whiskey a Go Go, Sly Stone looking like a goddamn superhero at the Aragon Ballroom in 1974.
Bill Lordan and Sly Stone at Balboa Stadium, San Diego, September 7, 1974. Photo Gary Kieth Morgan /Smithsonian Books
BesidesPDX posted this picture of a peanut butter jar at reddit and said, "I know I'm not the only one." I must have missed that Calvin and Hobbes strip, although I read it most days. And I have never heard of anyone using peanut butter like this. While most commenters also had never heard of such a thing, a few said they always tried to eat as much peanut butter as possible without disturbing the smooth surface on top. Megamanfre does the same thing a slightly different way. He's not the only one.
Have you ever done this? Have you even heard of it? Will you start doing it now because of this post?
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Costume pairings done to death include PB & J, Thing 1 & Thing 2 and Bacon & Eggs, so do dress up with your best friend this Halloween but don't be annoying about it- be super cool by dressing up as Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy.
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If Nicktoons ain't your cuppa tea then go classic and dress as Lucy and Ethel or Ricky and Fred, or you and your BFF can capture a more cinematic vibe by dressing up as the cast of Castaway. And if all else fails you can get punny and go as a pair of Candy Rappers. Or not...
Cats have one, too, but for them it only lasts long enough to circle the room or get to the other end of the house. This cat is astonished at the dog's behavior, but he won't slow down long enough to hit reset. -via Buzzfeed
The 1990s were the highest and lowest point for American shopping malls, and by the end of the 90s many stores we knew and liked had closed up shop for good in malls across the U.S., leaving us looking for new places to loiter.
Kay*Bee Toys was a great place to kill time, since the clerks didn't seem to care when we had Nerf gun fights in the aisles even though we didn't buy anything, and as much reading as I did there I don't think I ever bought a book from Waldenbooks.
Maybe that's why these stores disappeared- their prices kept people from buying much, but they were in the mall so they were open to browsing, which made people buy less.
Why would people buy stuff from a mall store like Sam Goody that wanted $18.99 or more for a CD when they could buy their music in a non-mall store like Tower Records for less? Now that's a store I really miss!
Those who travel the world in ships, whether for the military or commercial cargo, often have souvenirs inked in their skin to show where they've been, what they have done, and their hopes for survival. When sailors meet in ship assignments or far away ports, they don't have to speak the same language to know each other's story, because the tattoos are filled with symbolism known among seafaring men the world over. And now the rest of us can learn what they mean. Some have stories behind them.
The foot tattoos of pigs and roosters were worn by sailors in WWII in the hopes it would keep the sailor from drowning. The Navy shipped these animals in crates at the time. When ships went down, the crates floated, and the animals inside would sometimes be the only survivors
Flushing dead pet fish down the toilet has always seemed like a cold-hearted way to send that little fishy off to its aquatic afterlife, but that's not to say everyone who flushes a dead fish is a mean person.
Some just enjoy the ritual and the closure it provides, especially if they're like the young man in this animated short and a fish named Paul was their only friend, a friend who had died 178 times before.
Now that Totoro has discovered the joy of dressing up on nights other than Halloween he has decided to see what all the fuss is about regarding that specific night, so this year he's going to wear a mask when he walks among the humans on Halloween night. And when he told some of his spirited friends about the idea they jumped at the chance to wear a goofy getup and go beg for candy. So if you see a trick-or-treater who seems to be wearing a costume on top of a costume you might want to take a peek behind that mask...
Get in the spirit of the season with this Creatures Of The Night t-shirt by Machmigo, it's a spook-tacular design that will definitely get you compliments wherever you go!
In the 17th and 18th centuries, upper-class Europeans wore powdered wigs, and aristocratic ladies outdid each other in height and decoration to a ridiculous degree. Russian artists Asya Kozina and Dmitriy Kozin created those wigs, with a modern feel in her art series called Skyscraper on the Head. Her wigs are made of paper, with more modern decorations atop.
Baroque and Rococo wigs used to be adorned with symbols of luxury, sophistication and the romantic spirit of the time. They were frequently bedecked with model frigates and intricate still lives composed of exotic fruits, flowers and even stuffed birds. This historic trend inspired us to link our paper Baroque wigs with the similar symbols of our time.
It used to be that only drunks in bars and kids in schoolyards told boldfaced lies for sport, and even though they'd get called out for being liars they would always return with a fresh batch of tales too crazy to be true.
But nowadays liars get to tell their tales to a global audience via social media, and unless one of their friends or family members comments about the falsehood of their claims they may actually convince people the story is true.
Never mind, boldfaced lies sound just as ridiculously untrue when you read them on your screen as they do when you hear them in person, and yet social media is teeming with tales of amazing neckbeards doing incredible things.
It's been ten years now since Steve Molaro tried the Great Pizza Orientation Test. We covered it on Neatorama, just like every other existing website at the time. When Dominoes began online ordering, you could specify topping on the left half or right half, so he tested the limits of the system and ended up with the famous "None Pizza with Left Beef," no cheese, no sauce, and beef on one side. The pizza became an amusingly sad icon of our modern automated world.
In the near-future, there will be no human interaction necessary when purchasing assembly-line food like Domino’s. There may not be any humans involved at all. “Someday,” Molaro writes, the silently judgmental delivery man “will be a robot with a bad mustache and my life will be perfect.” That reality is closer than you think. At the end of August, Ford announced it was partnering with Domino’s to test pizza delivery in self-driving cars, with customers unlocking warming containers in the vehicle using unique codes.
The good news is that this automation allows for creative freedom unrestrained by social custom. The bad news is, well, creative freedom unrestrained by social custom. Robots don’t judge, or caution, you; they give you the pizza you ask for, even if what you ask for is not, technically, pizza. The man who earlier this year ordered a cheeseburger with no onion, ketchup, mustard, pickles, bun, or beef patty from a McDonald’s automated kiosk — and received, naturally, a single slice of cheese — is a spiritual heir to Molaro, and his “cheeseburger” is the more refined child of None Pizza With Left Beef.
That still beats the person who ordered a burger with no everything, received nothing, but was still charged 99 cents. An article at New York magazine looks at Molaro's experiment, it's influence, and the state of automated food ordering ten years later.
This is actually the portion of the show in which the celebrity panel, shown in bellhop garb, is charged with keeping a straight face. The punishment came because they couldn't help but laugh. Gonzo's partner in the act is one of the show's producers. Gonzo went on to perform on the show Asia's Got Talent, where he got a standing ovation. -via reddit